Head of the Polish Delegation to the IHRA
Member country since: 1999
Remembrance Days: 27 January (International Holocaust Remembrance Day), 19 April (Warsaw Ghetto Uprising), 2 August (Commemoration of the Roma and Sinti Genocide)
Maciej Pisarski (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Deputy Head of Delegation
Grzegors Berendt (Institute of National Remembrance) – Academic Working Group
Alicja Bialecka (Memorial and Museum Auschwitz-Birkenau) – Museums and Memorials Working Group
Sebastian Keciek (Ministry of National Education) – Education Working Group
Jan Lazicki (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) – Museums and Memorials Working Group
Katarzyna Ratajczak-Sowa (Institute of National Remembrance)
Malgorzata Skorka (Ministry of National Education) – Education Working Group
Albert Stankowski (Warsaw Ghetto Museum)
Piotr Szpanowski (Ministry of Culture and National Heritage)
Piotr Trojanski (International Center for Education about Auschwitz and the Holocaust at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum/Pedagogical University of Krakow) – Education Working Group
Andrzej Zbikowski (University of Warsaw) – Academic Working Group
Following the adoption of the Stockholm Declaration, the Polish government added Holocaust education to school curricula. Holocaust research has developed tremendously since 2000 — now all major universities offer courses in Jewish and Holocaust Studies. The Perpetual Fund of the Auschwitz Birkenau Foundation, which provides the necessary resources for the conservation of the former camp, was also established.
Cooperation with the IHRA has helped to facilitate a more open dialogue within Poland, and in the last fifteen years an honest, multidimensional debate on Polish-Jewish wartime relations has developed. Thanks to the shared efforts of historians, educators, and politicians, the Holocaust has become an important part of public discourse.